\ ˈī(-ə)l How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Definition of aisle

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats
(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle
b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic
2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper
walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle
: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.
Recent Examples on the Web Harris is also facing pressure from both sides of the aisle to visit the southern border with Mexico. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 15 June 2021 That might have been the end of his despotic dreams if not for the corruption on the other side of the aisle. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 13 June 2021 The bipartisan cooperation highlights how the techlash has become one of the rare issues that can unite both sides of the aisle, though the two parties sometimes disagree about diagnosing the most pressing problems from Silicon Valley. Brian Fung, CNN, 11 June 2021 But on both sides of the aisle, there appears to be an appetite for solving this problem at the national level, something the NCAA would appear to welcome. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2021 Yesterday’s vote was preceded by months of negotiations and a lengthy discussion that invited lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to submit amendments. The Editors, National Review, 10 June 2021 Several state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle signed a letter seeking a pardon for Strickland, who has maintained his innocence since he was convicted in the April 1978 deaths of three people in Kansas City. NBC News, 10 June 2021 At the same time, the White House, administration officials and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle expressed alarm over how the trove of confidential tax data was obtained by ProPublica. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 9 June 2021 President Joe Biden is shifting negotiations for his infrastructure plan away from Republicans and toward a group of moderate senators on both sides of the aisle. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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20 Jun 2021

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“Aisle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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\ ˈīl How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)
2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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